Gerrard: Don't blame Wayne

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Captain Steven Gerrard believes it is unfair to blame Wayne Rooney for England's Euro 2012 exit.

Rooney, who was banned for the first two games of the tournament, was not at his best against Ukraine and Italy, who beat the Three Lions on penalties in the quarter-finals. That has led some to blame Rooney for England's failure to progress further, but Gerrard believes the Manchester United striker is judged by higher standards than the rest of the squad.

"I just think that ever since Wayne has been around, and because of his performances in Euro 2004, there is an expectation that he comes to these tournaments and wins them all on his own," Gerrard said in The Sun on Sunday.

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